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Updated: Predator: Hunting Grounds Gameplay Trailer Aired During GamesCom 2019!

GamesCom 2019  has just kicked off and Geoff Keighley took to the stage for the Opening Night celebrations where he was joined by IllFonic CEO Charles Brungardt to give the world its first look at Predator: Hunting Grounds!

Though Charles wasn’t able to divulge much information, we did get our first look at some gameplay in the new gameplay trailer which you can check out below!

After opening up with a cool throwback to Predator’s “Long Tall Sally” sequence, we watch as a fireteam deploys to take on the opfor (and named dropped Stargazer) before we got our first look at some of the combat. It looks like the Predator will be played in a third person perspective similar to Predator: Concrete Jungle while the fireteam will be played in first person.

Update: To go along with an upload of the proper trailer, Sony have also posted a pretty hefty blog post with a brand new screenshot in which they talk in some detail about Predator: Hunting Grounds. As suggested by the jungle setting in both trailers so far, Hunting Grounds will be pulling the majority of its influence from the first movie.

We used Predator ’87 for a majority of our inspiration for the game. Which we hope the gamers can see from the jungle environment, but also in the lengths we went to behind the scenes. We researched the original weapons and actually recorded them being fired in heavily wooded areas to make sure the sound and reverberation of bounding around trees and leaves was as accurate as possible in-game.

 Predator: Hunting Grounds Gameplay Trailer Aired During GamesCom 2019!

We of course take ’87 and evolve with current day weapons and technology; we want the Fire Team to be able to be at the top of their game against the universe’s deadliest hunter. In addition, we actually tracked down the synthesizers used in the original score.

These are just a few examples of the level of detail the team is aiming for as we create Predator: Hunting Grounds. It’s been a childhood dream to work on a Predator game. The little kid in me that would play Predator in the woods with friends is beyond stoked!

Though Illfonic is looking back to the original, Predator: Hunting Grounds is set decades after the first film so they were conscious to ensure it tied into the wider Predator lore, including (as I mentioned above) Stargazer!

Gamers will see this in little reveals. For example, we have tied Stargazer from the most recent film, then added some interesting backstory between the two factions. We cannot wait for the community to get into the game and see how we have brought it all together!

 Predator: Hunting Grounds Gameplay Trailer Aired During GamesCom 2019!

The article also talked a little about the decision for the different perspectives, saying that it was intentional to give Predator: Hunting Grounds the feel of two distinct games. They also talked a little about Predkour, their name for the Predator’s movement system in the game!

We created a system for the Predator that we call “Predkour” in the studios; think parkour meets Predator. The Predator has the ability to attack from above as well as on the ground, just like in the films. This meant we needed to create a system for the Predator to climb into the trees and move limb from limb, or structure. The Predkour system has really been the most challenging element to the game. We wanted the Predator’s movement from tree-to-tree to feel effortless and make you feel inhuman with your ability to bound around the map.

This also lends to why the Predator is in third person, versus the Fire Team’s first person. The third person view for Predator really allows the player to see not only the Predator, but also the paths available for the Predator to take; as well as hunt at the same time.

Head on over to Sony’s blog to check out the entire article! Predator: Hunting Grounds is currently in pre-Alpha and is expected to return to GamesCom next year!

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Comments: 38
  1. Corporal Hicks
    Some new screenshots from the updated game webpage:

    https://media.playstation.com/is/image/SCEA/predator-hunting-grounds-screen-03-ps4-us-19aug19?$native_xxl_nt$
    https://media.playstation.com/is/image/SCEA/predator-hunting-grounds-screen-01-ps4-us-19aug19?$native_xxl_nt$
    https://media.playstation.com/is/image/SCEA/predator-hunting-grounds-screen-02-ps4-us-19aug19?$native_xxl_nt$
    https://media.playstation.com/is/image/SCEA/predator-hunting-grounds-screen-05-ps4-us-19aug19?$native_xxl_nt$


    And a hidden one -

    https://media.playstation.com/is/image/SCEA/predator-hunting-grounds-screen-04-ps4-us-19aug19?$native_xxl_nt$
  2. Kurai
    Disappointed that the Predator is only in 3rd person.  :(
    I disagree with their reasoning behind it as well. 3rd person may give you a more omniscient view around you, but they shouldn't remove the 1st person view just for that, AvP 2010's FPS Predator was my favourite part of that game. This is just an immersion breaker for me.
  3. Vrastal
    The team sounds passionate, and like theyve put a lot of hard work into it. Im not a stickler for sub par graphics as long as the gameplay is smooth and fun.

    Just pray its not another gearbox fiasco. I think itll do decently well overall but will require the community to keep it akive if it doesnt come and go too quickly.

    It wont be a blockbuster hit but will probably be average to slightly above average.

    Games with these muliplayer designs dont tend to do well long term (evolve died fairky quick if i remember correctly and this is following its format mostly). But im hppeful and interested to see what will come of it.
  4. Voodoo Magic
    I never got the impression IllFonic would dive into the EU for the game, just the films, but I guess it's possible. It will be interesting to find out what they mean by "canon".

    QuoteWhen we looked at this IP, it was really important to us that we stayed true to the canon already created in the Predator universe, but to also move it forward. It has been really great having everyone at Fox on hand to answer questions and riff and run things by. Especially since we have been given the unique opportunity that everything we make in this game becomes a part of the official Predator lore.
  5. SuperiorIronman
    Maybe it's Borgia?
    I can't think of any other organizations out of the gate that would want to take down Stargazer or know of its existence, and I'd imagine the Predator Hunters would much rather work with them.
  6. JokersWarPig
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Aug 19, 2019, 07:12:35 PM
    Anyone notice the Stargazer namedrop? They're going after Stargazer.

    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Aug 19, 2019, 07:18:25 PM
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Aug 19, 2019, 07:12:35 PM
    Anyone notice the Stargazer namedrop? They're going after Stargazer.

    Yes!  They have to "Upload the malware to Stargazer's network". Could that be shade thrown towards The Predator maybe? ;D


    Gonna be honest and say I didn't catch that the first two times around. Pretty interesting though that you're fighting Stargazer forces...maybe they've "gone rogue" and are acting on their own in this games story?
  7. Samhain13
    I shouldn't be suprised about the stargazer nod. These games usually try to have some connection with the last released movie.

    I would prefer nods to even the AVP movies rather than The Predator.
  8. SuperiorIronman
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Aug 19, 2019, 08:11:52 PM
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Aug 19, 2019, 07:53:04 PM
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Aug 19, 2019, 07:49:38 PM
    Also...

    QuoteThat being said our game takes place a few decades in the future, so we needed to incorporate all the films into the story.

    Well that's very cool for die-hard fans. Not just Predator, but Predator 2, Predators and The Predator.

    I do hope we're going to see some none jungle maps, though. Give me some Stargazer bases, a Predator ship, etc.

    Yes, me too. I'm holding out hope for a Los Angeles or City map and a Hunting Reserve Planet map - which is just another modified Jungle map so it should be relatively easy to do.

    An OWLF/Stargazer base might be cool, but that may be tricky because the low ceilings would severely limit the Predator.

    Well The Predator showed that even a drugged and groggy Predator can make for a decent scene so I imagine it shouldn't be too hard to turn into a level. Otherwise they could use the exterior of a compound.

    There's also the capacity to balance it with the Emissary. If the Emissary are with Stargazer then the A.I could act as teammates to the Predator. It'd be a roundabout way of bringing them back and balance a match but it could work.
  9. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Aug 19, 2019, 07:53:04 PM
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Aug 19, 2019, 07:49:38 PM
    Also...

    QuoteThat being said our game takes place a few decades in the future, so we needed to incorporate all the films into the story.

    Well that's very cool for die-hard fans. Not just Predator, but Predator 2, Predators and The Predator.

    I do hope we're going to see some none jungle maps, though. Give me some Stargazer bases, a Predator ship, etc.

    Yes, me too. I'm holding out hope for a Los Angeles or City map and a Hunting Reserve Planet map - which is just another modified Jungle map so it should be relatively easy to do.

    An OWLF/Stargazer base might be cool, but that may be tricky because the low ceilings would severely limit the Predator.
  10. Voodoo Magic
    This right here:

    QuoteWe're early in development—this was all captured from a pre-alpha build, but it still gives you an idea of our vision for this project.



    Also...

    QuoteThat being said our game takes place a few decades in the future, so we needed to incorporate all the films into the story.

    Well that's very cool for die-hard fans. Not just Predator, but Predator 2, Predators and The Predator.
  11. Corporal Hicks
    Sony just uploaded a pretty hefty article about the game.

    https://blog.eu.playstation.com/2019/08/19/first-gameplay-footage-of-predator-hunting-grounds-unveiled/

    A few select quotes while I skim read:

    QuoteWe used Predator '87 for a majority of our inspiration for the game. Which we hope the gamers can see from the jungle environment, but also in the lengths we went to behind the scenes. We researched the original weapons and actually recorded them being fired in heavily wooded areas to make sure the sound and reverberation of bounding around trees and leaves was as accurate as possible in-game.

    We of course take '87 and evolve with current day weapons and technology; we want the Fire Team to be able to be at the top of their game against the universe's deadliest hunter. In addition, we actually tracked down the synthesizers used in the original score.

    These are just a few examples of the level of detail the team is aiming for as we create Predator: Hunting Grounds. It's been a childhood dream to work on a Predator game. The little kid in me that would play Predator in the woods with friends is beyond stoked!

    QuoteWe have taken our inspiration from the '87 Predator over the other films because we believe it's the true crown jewel of the IP. We hope that fans of the films will see this game as a bit of a love letter to the film.

    That being said our game takes place a few decades in the future, so we needed to incorporate all the films into the story. Gamers will see this in little reveals. For example, we have tied Stargazer from the most recent film, then added some interesting backstory between the two factions. We cannot wait for the community to get into the game and see how we have brought it all together!

    QuoteWe created a system for the Predator that we call "Predkour" in the studios; think parkour meets Predator. The Predator has the ability to attack from above as well as on the ground, just like in the films. This meant we needed to create a system for the Predator to climb into the trees and move limb from limb, or structure. The Predkour system has really been the most challenging element to the game. We wanted the Predator's movement from tree-to-tree to feel effortless and make you feel inhuman with your ability to bound around the map.

    This also lends to why the Predator is in third person, versus the Fire Team's first person. The third person view for Predator really allows the player to see not only the Predator, but also the paths available for the Predator to take; as well as hunt at the same time.


    Bit of a clearer look at the mask:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ECW0bBAWsAAEfGR?format=jpg&name=small


    I'm getting kind of Ahab vibes.
  12. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Aug 19, 2019, 07:12:35 PM
    Anyone notice the Stargazer namedrop? They're going after Stargazer.

    Yes!  They have to "Upload the malware to Stargazer's network". Could that be shade thrown towards The Predator maybe? ;D

    Also the Ain't got time to Bleed cassette tape. 

    Quote from: Kailem on Aug 19, 2019, 06:41:28 PM
    The satcom said it was cool with Predator mouths that didn't close.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/5gw0VWGbgNm8w/giphy.gif
  13. SuperiorIronman
    So I may just have seen it wrong, but it looks like the Predator at the end of the trailer is different to the one at the start. I will admit that it might just be lighting, but the color of the armor is darker to the other shot and the helmet seems different. I may just be seeing things but that helmet looks like the Berserker's. Am I just crazy or is someone else seeing that?

    The plasmacaster I think might also be the 2018 model. It looks smaller and the mount is wrong.

    I think they just low-key revealed customization here 
  14. Kailem
    One thing that looks like it's carrying over from AVP2010 which is great is the Predator being able to easily traverse along branches and tree tops. That's definitely a good thing as far as mobility goes.
  15. Voodoo Magic
    So far in its building stage it looks very promising to me. The music. The environments. It looks like the Predator is both 3rd and 1st person.

    Quote from: JokersWarPig on Aug 19, 2019, 06:48:12 PM
    The game doesn't come out till next year though and it's still in its pre-alpha stages so I'm not going to knock the footage for having an emphasis on the plasma cannon. There's still plenty of time for them to add more weapons for the predator.

    Agreed. I'm not worried about it the weapon situation. It's coming out next year sometime, which is a long time away.

    Quote from: Huggs on Aug 19, 2019, 06:38:44 PM
    Voodoo, why didn't you get someone near that satcom?

    Dammit, you know I don't perform well under pressure!
  16. SuperiorIronman
    Quote from: BlankSpace on Aug 19, 2019, 06:47:30 PM
    I also don't know what I'm talking about.

    Then why are you even here?

    It's what we're expecting even if it doesn't have every reveal we want. Sometimes we do have to temper expectations for what is a smaller title on a smaller studio. Hunting Grounds is out of place at Gamescom, but it looks to play just fine. There's nothing wrong with that, but there is something wrong with jumping into a thread to shit on something when you don't know what you're talking about.
  17. JokersWarPig
    Quote from: SuperiorIronman on Aug 19, 2019, 06:38:30 PM
    Game-play just came and went. This was not the place to just show choppy footage and leave.

    It looks fine from what we can see but everything went by so fast that I can hardly say that it looks alright. Only thing that really bugs me is the emphasis on the shoulder canon. Yeah it seems to pull more from the original film as the Predator only had two weapons in that, but there's just so much more to work with. There's the Smart-Disk, mines, the whip and even the noose. This would benefit from even including the dogs which would be an added danger to the human players.

    It's otherwise fine, but I don't know why they even came out if it was just going to show some choppy footage and leave.

    I agree I would have liked to see more, 5 minutes worth of footage would have been perfect imo.

    The game doesn't come out till next year though and it's still in its pre-alpha stages so I'm not going to knock the footage for having an emphasis on the plasma cannon. There's still plenty of time for them to add more weapons for the predator.
  18. SuperiorIronman
    Game-play just came and went. This was not the place to just show choppy footage and leave.

    It looks fine from what we can see but everything went by so fast that I can hardly say that it looks alright. Only thing that really bugs me is the emphasis on the shoulder canon. Yeah it seems to pull more from the original film as the Predator only had two weapons in that, but there's just so much more to work with. There's the Smart-Disk, mines, the whip and even the noose. This would benefit from even including the dogs which would be an added danger to the human players.

    It's otherwise fine, but I don't know why they even came out if it was just going to show some choppy footage and leave.
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